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Running off the Anger: British New Wave


Anna Śliwińska

Running off the Anger. British New Wave includes several areas of research that suggest interpreting the cinema of the British New Wave in relation to social realism, the construction of the main characters, popular culture and the way New Wave played with film-making. Thanks to an in-depth analysis of key films of this trend, it is possible not only to understand the workings of social realism and examine character creation and their rebellion, but also to explore the intentionality of the utilising New Wave techniques that were known from nouvelle vague. The last chapter of this book is devoted to the most recent references to British New Wave Cinema.

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This book seeks to provide the reader with an insight into how and why the British New Wave became one of the key phenomena in international cinema. There are, in fact, two main inspirations for this book. First of all, it is the intention to tell the story of the British New Wave from a non-British perspective of a person who comes from an entirely different tradition. However, it is not solely the outsider’s view that matters here. The other, even more important reason, is to provide an analysis of the British New Wave that is determined by a slightly fresher vantage point. Consequently, the innovative elements in my publication include introducing pop culture as a context for the discussion, positioning the British New Wave against the backdrop of nouvelle vague and, finally, tracing references to the New Wave cinema in more contemporary film productions.

This publication is not intended as an exhaustive presentation of all the films that were produced in the New Wave era. Instead, its objective is to identify particular areas of research that can prompt interpretations of this cinema through references to social realism, character creation, popular culture or the way New Wave played with film-making. References to these issues can be traced in all the films analysed in this publication, although in some of them they are much more prominent, and it is to these films that I devote most attention. A quick look at the contents of this book will...

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